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  1 Asharoken Avenue
  Asharoken, NY 11768
  (631) 261-7098
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  Asharoken Police: (631) 261-7400
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Upcoming Yard Debris Pickups: Tuesday October 3, Tuesday November 7.

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2017 Coastal Cleanup September 23

Volunteers at the Asharoken Coastal Cleanup
Photo: Cathy Zimmermann
Asharoken's 2017 Coastal Cleanup event is scheduled for Saturday, September 23 beginning at 9am to 4pm. Sign-in tables will be set up at the Asharoken Beach parking lot next to Village Hall. The raindate is Sunday September 24.

The Village encourages anyone interested in our environment to come out and volunteer in collecting trash from surrounding beach shorelines. All are welcome.

Supplies such as bags and gloves will be provided. Water and light refreshments will be on hand. The Village sponsors the cleanup in conjunction with the Northeast chapter of the American Littoral Society.

For all student volunteers, community service award certificates will be handed out for those who may need the hours for school, scout or religious purposes.

For more information, please email cathyzimmermann@coastalcleanupny.com.

All volunteers are welcome. Show up and become an active solution to pollution!
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

September 18, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

Seawall before repair
Seawall before repair
Last Friday, with the incredible assistance of Peter Gunther, TOH Superintendent of Highways, and members of the Highway Department, the Village completed the emergency remediation of the sinkhole at the Bevin Road Seawall. Following the instructions of the USACOE, the cap stones that had collapsed into the hole were carefully removed, approximately 1,400 sandbags were placed in the hole, clean upland sand was placed over the bags to create the proper grade, and the cap stones were replaced.

The USACOE is hoping that the sandbags will act as a plug and prevent the embankment material from being pulled out from under the sheet steel which originally led to the sinkhole. The first test of the repair will take place during the next couple of days with the waves from tropical storm Jose.

This repair is a stopgap measure and frankly there is no assurance that it will work. We will just have to wait and see how it holds up under real-world conditions.

I want to take a moment to thank Superintendent Pete Gunther for the terrific job he did. Less than two hours after the Village received the DEC permit to commence the project his crew was here and working.

Sinkhole filled with 1,400 sandbags
Sinkhole filled with 1,400 sandbags
Sinkhole repair completed
Sinkhole repair completed
In preparation, Pete already had the sandbags picked up, pre-filled and staged at the TOH highway depot so they were ready to go at a moment's notice. He was determined to get the work done prior to any effects from Jose. The support from the TOH for the residents of Asharoken and Eaton's Neck is really appreciated. I would also like to thank Trustee/Police Commissioner Mel Ettinger for spending the day at the site supervising the project.

Tropical storm Jose will bring moderate to gale-force northeast winds and higher than normal tides for the next few days. Tropical storm conditions are also possible. The best way to keep informed in real-time about road conditions and other storm news is to follow the Village on Twitter at @Asharokenny and visit our website asharoken.com. This can be particularly helpful if you live past the seawall.

Mayor Greg Letica
Environmental Review Board Meeting September 25

The Asharoken Environmental Review Board (ERB) will hold its next meeting on Monday, September 25 at 7pm at Village Hall. The board will consider two applications: click here to read the full legal notice. The meeting is open to the public.
Public Hearing on Amending Local Law October 3

A public hearing will be held by the Asharoken Board of Trustees on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7:30pm at Asharoken Village Hall regarding the adoption of a Local Law #4-2017 entitled "A Local Law amending Chapter 46 of the Code of the Village of Asharoken Entitled Buildings, Unsafe and Property Maintenance".
Board of Trustees Meeting October 3

The next regular meeting of the Board will be Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7:30pm

A special/work session meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 19 was canceled. The last meeting was held Tuesday, September 5. The Board had a scheduled public hearing on Chapter 64 (Unsafe Buildings) for September 5. It has been postponed until the October 3 meeting.

To view the full schedule of Board of Trustees meetings, click on "Government" above, then "Trustees Meetings" or click here.

Except as otherwise noted, all Board of Trustees meetings are held at 7:30pm at Asharoken Village Hall, 1 Asharoken Avenue, Asharoken, NY. Work session meetings are generally held in the afternoon. All meetings are open to the public.
August, September 2017 Meeting Minutes Online

The following meeting minutes of the Asharoken Board of Trustees are now online: Minutes are posted on this website as they become available. Contact the Village Clerk if you have any questions. Archived minutes, as well as the full Board of Trustees meeting schedule, can be found by clicking on "Government" above, then "Trustees Meetings" or click here.
Asharoken Holiday Party November 4

Asharoken's Holiday Party will be held on Saturday, November 4. Invitations are in the mail. Please sign up early as seating is limited. This is a wonderful event for neighbors and friends. Call Carole Casamassima for questions: 631-261-1895.
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

Carter Bench

September 14, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

Asharoken Police Officer-in-Charge, Ray Mahdesian, was honored for his exceptional record of public service at the 9/11 memorial ceremony that was held last Saturday at Crab Meadow Beach. Northport Mayor George Doll, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini and Northport Police Chief Bill Ricca were also recognized. Each received a flag that was flown at the 9/11 memorial located at Ground Zero.

Congratulations to Ray for this very well-deserved honor. We all know how dedicated Ray is to the Village and what a fantastic job he does leading our police department. It is nice that the communities beyond Asharoken have the opportunity to recognize Officer Ray Mahdesian's long time public service. Thanks again Ray for always being there for Asharoken.

New check valve installed on Asharoken Avenue
The Village recently had installed a custom made in-line check valve into a pipe that runs from two catch basins on Asharoken Avenue into a leaching pool behind Village Hall. In the past the roadway became flooded during exceptional high tide surges from Northport Bay. Installing this newly designed check valve will prevent the backflow of bay water on to our roadway.

Enjoy your weekend,
Mayor Greg Letica

Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

September 12, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

On Friday, September 8, the Village hosted an emergency planning meeting to review the Village's response to a major storm and a possible breach of Asharoken Avenue. Trustee/Police Commissioner Mel Ettinger, Village Emergency Manager Bill Raisch, Officer- in- Charge Ray Mahdesian, Storm Water Superintendent Avrum Golub and I were joined by: Town of Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone, Deputy Supervisor Pat Delcol, TOH Emergency Manager Betty Walsh, TOH Highway Supervisor Pete Gunther, TOH Maritime Director Ed Carr, USCG Senior Chief Tony Martinez, Northport Fire Department Chief’s John Jacobsen and Dennis Sheridan, Eaton’s Neck Fire Department representative Larry Cavanagh, Huntington Harbor Master’s Office, USACOE, Suffolk FRES (Fire Rescue Emergency and Safety), Suffolk County Police Department Second Precinct and Homeland Security Emergency Services.

Bill Raisch led the discussion, which began with planning for a coordinated response commencing 72 hours prior to the event and proceeding through the actual response. The spirit of cooperation and common concern for the safety of the residents of Asharoken and Eaton's Neck was remarkable. Without a doubt, this meeting put the Village and Town in a much better position to respond to a serious storm.

The value of a meeting, like the one we had last Friday, is exemplified by what happened in the Village after Superstorm Sandy. In 1992 the Village had a very bad nor'easter which buried much of Asharoken Avenue in sand and telephone poles. A lack of a plan to respond to this type of event caused the road to be closed for over 3 days. Fast forward to August 2012, when again under the leadership of Bill Raisch, I hosted a meeting to plan for exactly the same type of event. When Sandy hit in October 2012 the same stretch of Asharoken Avenue was similarly rendered impassible by sand and poles. But unlike 1992 the road was reopened by noon of the day after Sandy. Planning really makes a big difference.

With the recent impacts of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma I encourage all residents in the Village and Eaton's Neck to plan for a serious storm. It is important to think about what supplies you may want to have on hand and in the unlikely need to evacuate a place to go. Staying safe should be your only priority.

Mayor Greg Letica
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

September 1, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

On Friday, August 25 the Village hosted a meeting with the US Army Corps of Engineers, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and elected officials from all levels of government to begin the process of fixing the failing sea wall. Deputy Mayor Pam Pierce and I were joined by Congressman Tom Suozzi, NYS Assemblyman Andy Raia, Town of Huntington Deputy Supervisor Pat Delcol, TOH Assemblywoman Tracey Edwards, TOH Assemblyman Mark Cuthbertson, ACOE NY District Commander Col. Tom Asbery and NYS DEC head of Coastal Management Sue McCormick. I would like to thank them for coming to the site for the inspection. The meeting was very productive and an excellent first step towards a resolution of the seawall issues.
Left to right: Assemblyman Raia, Councilwoman Edwards, Mayor Letica,
                         Colonel Asbery, Congressman Suozzi and Councilman Cuthbertson.
Photo: Pam Pierce
Left to right: Assemblyman Raia, Councilwoman Edwards, Mayor Letica, Colonel Asbery, Congressman Suozzi and Councilman Cuthbertson.
The consensus was that the sinkhole needs an emergency repair to stop it from enlarging and that in the long term the sea wall will need to be rebuilt. The Village is partnering closely with the ACOE and the Town of Huntington to formulate and implement the short-term solution to the sinkhole. I have to commend the ACOE for working in such an extremely cooperative way with the Village. As more information on both fronts develop I will keep you informed.

In closing, I would like to wish everyone a very happy Labor Day Weekend. Please keep in mind that schools open next week. School children and buses will be back on the roads so please drive with extra caution.

Have a great weekend,
Mayor Greg Letica
Carter Bench Reinstalled at Village Hall

Carter Bench
In July of 2000, long-time resident Tony Wenderoth donated the Carter Bench to the Village. The bench survived Super Storm Sandy and was dismantled and preserved during the demolition of our old Village Hall.

Last week the bench was reinstalled and now faces our pristine view of Northport Harbor.

Thank you again Tony for your donation back in 2000; the Carter Bench now sits beautifully on the front lawn.
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

August 18, 2017

Dear Neighbors: I am saddened to report the passing of former Asharoken Police Department Officer-in-Charge Henry Brooks. Henry served with distinction as an Officer in the department for many years prior to his promotion to OIC. He was instrumental in helping make the APD such a fine police force and his mentorship of the Village’s present OIC, Ray Mahdesian, made for a seamless transition at the time of Henry’s retirement. Thank you Henry for your dedication to the residents of Asharoken. On behalf of the Village I send my condolences out to the Brook’s family.

The Village will be replacing the check valve in the storm water drain pipe located behind Village Hall. The new in-line check valve is designed to prevent salt water from entering the storm water drain pipe during astronomically high tides and storms to prevent back flooding of Asharoken Avenue. The new in-line check valve is easy to maintain and has worked well in other municipalities. The project will begin in the next several weeks.

In 2016 the Village applied for a highway improvement grant through Senator Marcellino’s Office. This week the Village received confirmation that Asharoken has been awarded a DASNY grant of $50,000 through New York State. The Village also received confirmation of its portion of the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) funding for 2017-2018. Both the grant and CHIPS funding will be used to repave a portion of Asharoken Avenue; the fourth phase of our highway improvement project. Our plan is to do the project this fall. I would like to thank New York State Senator Carl Marcellino for all his assistance with the DASNY grant for Asharoken.

Over the last five years the Village has received approximately $1,400,000 in Federal, State and other aid allowing Asharoken to dramatically improve its infrastructure while keeping tax increases at very low levels.

I wish everyone a great weekend.

Mayor Greg Letica
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

August 8, 2017

During the Board of Trustees meeting held on August 1, the Mayor's report included information that I felt was important enough to share with the entire Village. This information pertains to the seawall which is located at the far end of Asharoken Avenue. For those of you who are new to the Village, the seawall was constructed and completed in 1995 to 1997 by the US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE). The construction took place after the Nor’easter of 1992 that destroyed the dunes protecting Asharoken Avenue. The design level of protection was expected to be approximately 15 years. It was repaired three times between 2007 through 2012.

In early June, during our periodic inspection of the seawall, we noticed that towards the center of the seawall a large depression (sinkhole) was developing landward of the seawall. We immediately reported the condition and sent photos to the NYSDEC and USACE. This new development could potentially be a very serious problem and jeopardize the entire seawall. In spite of the NYSDEC’s best efforts, the Army Corps of Engineers did not follow up with an inspection in June or even early July. I sent a second notification in the form of a letter dated July 15 directly to the new Commander of the New York District Office of the USACE, Colonel Asbery. I explained our concern for the safety and well-being of several thousand Asharoken and Town of Huntington residents and enumerated the consequences of the potential failure of the seawall, and asked that the USACE evaluate the situation as soon possible. Click here to read a the full letter.

Congressman Tom Suozzi received a copy of the July 15 letter. I also reached out to the Congressman by phone and he immediately contacted the USACE. His intervention was critical in getting the USACE to schedule an inspection of the seawall by two engineers on July 27th. Congressman Suozzi has discussed with me how important it is to find a long-term solution to the seawall and that he will strongly advocate on behalf of everyone who depends on it. In April one of the steel caps separated from the seawall during a storm. I notified the Congressman and he immediately organized a large meeting in May with the Town of Huntington, USACE, NYSDEC, Coast Guard and other agencies to begin working towards a plan to repair the wall. There is no doubt that resolving the seawall problem is a top priority for Congressman Suozzi.

The engineer's preliminary summary of the situation was that the depression (sinkhole) is likely to progressively enlarge; the cause of the seawall damage is due to severe erosion of the shoreline fronting the seawall and the engineers recommend re-construction of the seawall and shoreline erosion control measures. Later this month a full scale inspection will take place. I will continue to keep you informed as new information becomes available.

Mayor Greg Letica

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